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A Safer Approach to in home care during COVID19

In-home care is the best answer to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how 24 Hour Home Care is responding to the crisis with their SAFER approach.

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What Are the Differences Between Senior In-Home Care and an Assisted Living Facility?

It is important to know the differences between senior in-home care and assisted living facilities.

If you or your aging loved one is seeking professional care, it is imperative to do research on the options available to you. As you decide on a care plan, you will find what option works best for your family and your needs.

What is Senior Home Care?

In-home care focuses on bringing a professional and highly skilled caregiver directly to you or your loved one. When you hire an in-home caregiver, he or she will come directly to your home to assist you with daily tasks such as meal preparation, medication reminders, personal care and companionship. In-home care focuses on allowing the senior to stay in the comfort of their own home, while getting the help that they both need and deserve.

Senior in-home care allows you or your loved one to keep their independence and maintain their freedom by staying in a familiar environment.

Although they will remain in the same place, their care plan will change tremendously with the help of an in-home caregiver. He or she will work hard to make sure you or your loved one has a high quality of life and is thriving in all aspects. Individuals that choose in-home care often do so to remain in the comfort of their own home, where there are memories to last a lifetime.

What is an Assisted Living Facility?

Couple at Assisted Living Facility
Assisted Living Facilities are the most well-known option for aging individuals that need assistance and long-term care. An assisted living facility can also be known as a senior home or a senior living facility. In these facilities, residents are all elderly individuals that need extra care and assistance in their daily activities. Assisted Living Facilities offer meals, housekeeping, living accommodations and social interaction with individuals of the same age.

Assisted Living Facilities are often positioned a community for individuals that are all in the same stage of life, often known as the “golden years.” During this transition, seniors will move out of their home and into the facility, where the care will take place. The Assisted Living Facility allows family to visit during certain hours, where the senior has freedom to socialize to their liking.

What supportive services do both Home Care and Assisted Living Facilities Cover?

Both In-Home Care and Living Facilities offer supportive services for seniors that allows them to enjoy their “golden years” in a safe environment. Both options will provide light housekeeping, meal preparation, supervision and security. Home Care and Assisted Living Facilities will both provide you or your senior loved one the resources needed to enjoy daily activities such as socialization, exercise and hobbies.


The beauty of Senior Home Care and Assisted Living Facilities is that both options will ensure that your loved one is taken care of, abiding by their prescribed care plan and is being the healthiest version of themselves.

Services will vary based on facilities and will be dependent on the level of care that you choose for both services.

What are the average costs differences between Senior Home Care and Assisted Living Facilities?

The cost differences between Senior In-Home Care and Assisted Living Facilities will vary depending on the facility that you or your loved one decides upon and the level of care you decide on. Some Assisted Living Facilities will give you or your loved one a base rate and have an ala carte approach to added on services. On the other hand, some Senior In-Home Care companies will give you an hourly minimum with a minimum rate requirement. Costs will vary based on care needs as well as company and facilities policies.
It is advisable for you to do research on the cost of both services and juxtapose the cost with the benefits of both. We encourage you to have conversations with both service providers about the costs that could be hidden, hourly requirements and their hourly rates. By asking those questions, you can get a clear idea of which option is the best care plan for your money.

What are the time differences between the two? Are they both 24 hours a day?

Home Health Care
An Assisted Living Facility will have someone on staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will likely have a staff member that will be working overnight in case some resident needs something from them or assistance. That is factored into the cost of the Assisted Living Facility, as most of them are secured overnight so you can have peace of mind that your loved one is safe at night.

In-Home Care might work differently depending on which state you reside in. California law prohibits 24-hour shifts, so two 12-hour shifts are the perfect solution. By bringing in some fresh caregiver every 12 hours, you can ensure that you are not paying someone to sleep on the clock, as they will come rested, recharged and ready for their shift. Someone will be awake, and alert in case your loved one needs anything.

As you can see, Senior In-Home Care and Assisted Living Facilities have their differences and their similarities. In senior care, it is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution. We encourage you to do your research about the options that are available to you, which solution fits your needs best and the cost associated with the options. You and your loved ones may prefer staying in their home, making In-Home Care the perfect option. However, if your loved one wants to leave their home, consider an Assisted Living Facility. We hope that you will find the right solution for you and your family.

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The Benefits of Hiring a Caregiver Through an Agency

When a loved one gets to the point when they are no longer able to live on their own without assistance, seeking a reputable and qualified caregiver is the next step. While some may believe that it is easier and less expensive to find an independent experienced and reliable caretaker for senior home care in San Jose, there are many reasons why that is not the best idea.

There are a variety of problems that can arise from hiring someone to come into your senior loved one’s home, from tax and legal issues to safety concerns and scheduling availability. A reputable home health agency can provide a San Jose caregiver who you can be assured will take care of your loved one in a professional and respectful way.

Background Screening

Professional home health agencies perform extensive background checks on caregivers, and some states even require them by law. The background check looks for criminal records and any red flags that may indicate a problem that could jeopardize your loved one’s safety. California law prohibits an agency from hiring an applicant with a criminal background unless the applicant obtains an exemption from the state.

Potential caregivers provide their name, address, and Social Security numbers, and the agency generally submits the information to a background investigation entity or program. While some states also run fingerprints to ensure names match with the information the caregiver has provided, not all do.

Minor traffic violations don’t disqualify a candidate normally, but any driving history that indicates a history of unsafe driving is noted and taken into account. Credit histories are also checked, and some agencies may reject a candidate based on the information received.

Reputable home health agencies will provide you information on their background check process and include what checks they run their applicants through. Some agencies will also provide you with statistics as to what percentage of applicants make it through their screening process, which is a good indication of their hiring standards.

Here are some additional screenings that may be performed:

  • Assessment of applicant’s physical capabilities
  • Knowledge of HIPAA regulations
  • Hands-on training for transferring patients, fall prevention certification, and basic health and safety training
  • Nutrition training
  • Tuberculosis testing or chest X-ray

Senior Care 2Experience

Some agencies hire only experienced applicants. In California, home health aides complete a state-approved training program and are certified by the state if they are successful. These trained individuals are then considered to be qualified to perform hospice and senior care in San Jose and anywhere else in the state. For those who are not certified, applicants should be able to show verifiable past employment that ensures they have the practical experience to care for seniors and hospice patients.

Ask the caregiver agency for the credentials for those who will potentially be performing home care in San Jose for your loved one. The agency should be up front, honest and open with information about the person who will have access to your loved one.

Taxes and Worker’s Compensation

Some home health and caregiver agencies are employment agencies who contract with the worker, while others employ them. The best option is to choose an agency that pays all payroll taxes, Social Security, and healthcare payments, and who hires caregivers as employees, not contracted workers. These employees are usually bonded and insured by the agency, but you should always verify that with the agency before signing up with them. The agency is responsible for following all state and federal labor laws and regulations.

Flexible Schedules

Should you choose to hire a caregiver on your own, you may have issues with his or her flexibility and availability. If your caregiver becomes ill or be unavailable to care for your family member as expected, their absence can cause you a significant inconvenience.

When you hire a caregiver through an established agency, your elder may have a regularly scheduled caregiver, but if he or she is unable to fulfill the required schedule for any reason, the agency will have another qualified, fully screened caregiver come take over the care of your loved one as needed.

For those who have a variable schedule that changes frequently, it may be challenging to find a caregiver who can be available when you need them. An agency can work with you to ensure you have care for your loved one when you need it that is available 24/7.

Duties

Not all caregivers perform the duties you require. Some independent caregivers may agree to physical lifting and transferring patients from a bed to wheelchair and vice versa, others will not. There are those who will do light housekeeping but refuse to do any cooking.

A full-service home care provider will be able to meet your needs when it comes to caring for your senior family member. Whether you need a competent caregiver who can perform transportation duties, someone who can handle lifting and transporting throughout the day, or someone to serve as a companion and ensure your loved one takes his or her medications as prescribed, an agency will have a professional to provide the services you need to keep your elder comfortable and safe.

Senior Care 3Communication and Compatibility

It’s important that you have an open communication with both the agency and the caretaker. The agency is responsible for ensuring that the home care worker is performing as he or she should and that if you have any concerns, they are addressed quickly and professionally. You have a right to observe the caretaker’s interactions with your loved one, and if you don’t feel he or she is performing adequately, to ask for a replacement. In a private hire, it is a much more complicated and time-consuming process to let a caregiver go. You’ll be forced to start from scratch, repeating the screening and hiring process again.

Not all caretakers will connect with your elder. Some agencies offer a compatibility guarantee and make every effort to match your loved one with someone who they can connect with and whom you can trust. But if there is a compatibility issue, the agency will have the experience to deal with the problem and offer a more suitable candidate for you to consider.

Learn more about the 24 Hour Home Care screening and hiring process on our website, along with more information about our policies and available services for professional home care in San Jose.

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Know When It’s Time to Hire Home Care Services

The earliest signs of aging include wrinkles, age spots and gray hair. Millions of people experience these changes each year, causing this to be an experience many elderly individuals bond over. But did you know that some signs of aging require more than cosmetic quick-fixes? Frailty and memory loss signal that it may be time to begin discussing the future. The recognition that your older loved ones aren’t as strong as they once were can be alarming. The good news is those common results of aging don’t always mean the loss of independence. Many seasoned adults can stay in their homes and continue to live independently with some assistance from a Danville caregiver, but how do you know when the aging process has reached a point where they need a little more help than can be discovered in the pages of a fashion magazine?

The early symptoms are a prime time to begin the conversation about homecare in Danville. Here is a short list of some of the common signs that your loved one may need a little help around the house.

Messy Home

If your loved one has never been the world’s best housekeeper, a little bit of mess probably shouldn’t sound any alarms. However, if you’ve been noticing your loved one’s home is consistently messier than normal, especially if the mess is the kind that may create health or safety hazards if it continues unchecked, it may be time to look into home care in Danville.

Standing for long periods of time in front of a sink washing dishes or the exertion of vacuuming can be a struggle for those who’ve lost some muscle and stamina due to age. Fortunately, most senior home care services provide light housekeeping as part of the package, allowing seniors to remain independent and in their homes without compromising their own health and safety.

Forgetfulness

Everyone has misplaced a remote control or a set of keys or walked into a room and forgotten why they entered it. Those minor memory lapses are just part of the human experience. However, as people age, those lapses become more common.

Some memory loss due to age should be expected. More serious forgetfulness, however, may signal the need for assistance in the home. The good news is memory loss doesn’t always signal the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Often, it’s a natural part of the aging process, and one that can be easily negated with a little help from a home care service.

Most homecare service providers assist their elderly clients with reminders for necessary tasks like taking medication and going to appointments. Having a home care service provider is like tying a string around a finger, ensuring that your loved one can continue to live independently and in good health in their own home.

Lacking Nutrition

Eating healthy and getting the proper nutrition is challenging for people of all ages. Therefore as we age, it is common to feel as though eating healthy and delicious food is nearly impossible, as you may not have the energy to meal prep healthy meals. A home care service can make sure that healthy meals are prepared, enjoyed and properly stored.

You may notice your elderly loved one has a cupboard full of expired foods or a freezer full of microwave dinners and little else. That probably signals that cooking or grocery shopping has become a bit of a challenge. Fortunately, home care service providers can offer meal preparation. Or, if that’s not the issue, many home care providers will assist in crafting a grocery list and doing the shopping. This ensures your loved one is eating nutritious meals in their own home, prolonging their ability to age in place where they are most comfortable—in their own home.

Poor Hygiene

Two things can lead to improper hygiene. First, aging comes decreased muscle tone and painful joints,  making things like standing in place and brushing teeth or blow-drying hair an uncomfortable or even painful experience. The other thing that can lead to poor hygiene is cognitive impairment.

Part of aging involves slight memory function loss. If your mom isn’t brushing her teeth regularly and your dad isn’t showering as often as he should, a home care service provider can help. Many providers will assist your aging loved ones in bathing and dressing or remind them that it’s time to brush their teeth. Proper hygiene is critical to keeping your loved one in his or her own home, asproper hygiene is one way to ensure continued health.

Isolation

If your loved one isn’t getting out as often as he or she used to, they may feel lonely and depressed. Not being able to get around well can cause some folks to socially isolate themselves. Chronic loneliness can be a health hazard in addition to causing depression.

Ensuring your loved one has frequent interaction with the outside world isn’t just a way to ward off depression. It’s a way to help keep your loved one’s mind sharp and their spirits high.

Companionship is one of the most important things home care providers offer their clients. Not only will your loved one have a companion stopping in for visits regularly, but a home care provider can also assist in taking your loved one to social activities or simply for walks in the park.

Frequent Falls or Injuries

The physical ailments associated with aging means your elderly loved ones are more prone to slips and falls than they once were.  If you notice that your loved one has scrapes, bruises or other injuries, it may be a sign that they need help getting around their house.

A home caregiver not only will provide assistance getting around, but a caregiver can also make sure that when and if a slip or fall occurs, wounds are properly dressed and cleaned. A scrape that refuses to heal due to improper dressing shouldn’t be the catalyst for your loved one having to move from his or her home, but that can happen.

Most seniors prefer to stay in their homes and age in place, and home caregivers offer the bridge that allows many to do so. Having a discussion about when it’s the right time to hire a home care service is one key to ensuring that your loved one can live independently.

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Industry Standards vs. 24 Hour Home Care

The home care industry is booming, largely in part to about 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 years old each day. The home care industry is responsible for countless seniors aging safely and comfortably at home, rather than in a skilled nursing facility or a retirement home. With countless choices within the home care industry, every company may start to blend together and confuse you a bit. This is normal, as this is a very important decision that will affect your family in a very big way! However, 24 Hour Home Care has some key differentiators that sets us apart from the other home care companies in the industry.

Signature Specialty Training

24 Hour Home Care is proud of their caregivers and the skills that they have. Many home care companies within the industry may not provide extensive training to their caregivers once they are hired. 24 Hour Home Care feels that if the caregiver is right for the job, he or she will be hired and sent for training. Our caregivers receive five signature trainings when they are hired to ensure that they are qualified to care for individuals with various diagnoses. While the industry standard is to find caregivers, who have experience and put them into the rotation of caregivers, we are proud that we take the time to train them properly and ensure they will be able to serve our clients appropriately. Trainings are offered to the caregivers on a regular basis and we confirm that they are up-to-date with the latest strategies of disease management.

24 Hour Live Accessibility

24 Hour Home Care is accessible 24/7, 365 days a year to our clients. While other companies may completely shut down over night or for holidays, we are staffed and here for you and your loved ones at all times. This allows our clients to access us at any point in time, regardless of the time. Our 24 Hour Home Care representatives are ready at all hours to provide a caregiver to you and your family. Rather than wait until traditional business hours, allow 24 Hour Home Care to handle all your needs at any time.

Flexible Hours

With caregivers available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, we are able to offer you and your family a customized care plan to fit your needs. We know that care plans may shift and change over time, causing you to possibly need care at different hours. With our flexible schedules, we are here for you when you need us!

Our flexibility allows you and your family to attain high quality caregiving services that will enhance your quality of life, while living comfortably at home. Our caregivers can assist with medication reminders, companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation or personal care. For more urgent requests, our 2-hour rapid response guarantee ensures a caregiver is on site with your family within 2 hours of your request (some restrictions may apply).

Customize a care plan with us to fit your specific needs and schedule, giving you peace of mind that your loved ones are in good hands!

*some restrictions may apply in designated areas

While there are plenty of options within the home care industry, 24 Hour Home Care is set apart in a multitude of ways. We are proud of the advances we have made in the home care industry and we will continue to be innovative to provide the best quality of care for your family or loved one.

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Private Care or Home Care Agency?

Once your family has decided that a caregiver may be beneficial to you and your loved ones, you likely have a lot of choices to make. Should your aging loved one stay in their home? Are they going to want to have someone help them? What kind of home care should we go with? These questions are normal to ask yourself, especially during this overwhelming time in your life.
Home care can be provided to you through an agency, such as 24 Hour Home Care, or you can hire a caregiver privately, such as a family friend or a caregiver you recruit on your own. Both routes ultimately give your loved one care the attention and help that they need, but did you know that both routes are not equal for the family?

The Cost Factor

Agencies, such as 24 Hour Home Care, at first glance may seem more expensive than hiring a private caregiver. Rates will vary, but the rate that you are given and quoted with 24 Hour Home Care is all inclusive and gives you an idea of what you will be paying as a client. Private caregivers may choose to raise their prices at any given time and may charge you more for extra tasks, such as cleaning the house or preparing meals. 24 Hour Home Care gives you a rate for all services, including meal prep, light housekeeping, companionship, personal care and medication reminders. With 24 Hour Home Care, what you see and is what you get, and we will never charge you more money for additional services!

The Hiring and Screening Process

Private caregivers are often found through websites, such as Craigslist, or through a referral. While this may seem like an easy task, the hiring process may be overwhelming, and another thing added onto you and your families plate during an already stressful time. You must make sure that the caregiver is qualified and properly trained to take care of your aging loved one. Screening and interviewing multiple caregivers can take days and even up to weeks. 24 Hour Home Care takes the stress of finding the right caregiver off your shoulders. Allow us to match you with a caregiver that not only is highly qualified to take care of your loved one, but they are meticulously screening and trained at the time they are hired. They are trained to be able to handle your family’s needs and will work directly with you to get an idea of what the client may need each day.

Sick or Vacation Time

Not only will 24 Hour Home Care handle the process of hiring your caregiver, but should you need to switch caregivers for any reason, including a caregiver taking time off, we will match you with another caregiver that will be able to come in and not miss a beat. When you choose to go with a private caregiver, if he or she is sick or wants to go on vacation, you are likely to be left without a back up plan. We are accessible to all our clients 24/7, 365 days a year. If your caregiver gets sick in the middle of the night, we will work diligently to replace them with another qualified caregiver so that your care plan will not be interrupted. However, should a private caregiver be out of pocket or call off in the middle of the night, you are left with limited options. This will ultimately become more of a headache for you and may cause additional stress.

Legal Concerns and Considerations

24 Hour Home Care, as well as other home care agencies, have legal obligations to manage the process of paying the caregiver correctly. We are licensed, insured and bonded and take our legal obligations to our caregivers and clients very seriously. Private caregivers, although they can be paid under the table, could cause your family to miss out on tax benefits of hiring a caregiver through a home care agency. It would be advisable to speak with your family lawyer to get an idea of the legal obligations that you will have if you choose to employ a private caregiver. With a private caregiver, you are ultimately the employer, which can add more risk and stress to you or your family during your time of need.

This time in you and your loved one’s lives may be chaotic, hectic and seem overwhelming to you all. As a reputable home care agency, 24 Hour Home Care would love the opportunity to give you and your loved ones a sense of ease by providing the best care to you. While you have plenty of options, 24 Hour Home Care vows to make this transition as seamless as possible. We are looking forward to the possibility of serving you and your family.

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Important Things to Consider before Hiring A Caregiver

The life expectancy of the average American has increased dramatically over the past century. Previously, seniors were lucky to live past the age of 68whereas now, they are living well into their 80s and 90s. One in five of these seniors will develop some sort of impairment or illness that will render them unable to care for themselves in their advanced years. Without the ability to perform basic tasks, the care often falls on family members. Some families opt for rehabilitation centers when their loved ones are no longer independent.

While care centers are an option, there may be a better choice. Homecare in Danville allows seniors to remain in their homes while still receiving the care and assistance needed to maintain their quality of life. An in-home care provider may visit your home daily, weekly, or as often as needed. These experienced individuals are qualified to helpwith basic daily tasks. This may be the perfect solution for your family. Before you make any decisions regarding your loved one’s care, however, there are a few things you should consider.

Don’t Bear the Burden Alone

Many families put off the task of seeking help for their loved one and simply handle the care themselves. While it may seem noble to care for your family member without the assistance of a professional, it can also be very draining. It requires you to sacrifice time and rearrange schedules. In short, it will leave you feeling overwhelmed. In some cases, you may not have the training or experience to give your loved one the care they need, frustrating the situation even more.

Instead of burning the candle at both ends, allow a professional to take over. An in-home care provider can do as much or as little as necessary. They can carry out basic orders from physicians, help with medication reminders , run errands, prepare meals, and assist with personal hygiene. By performing these tasks, you’re free to enjoy the time with your loved one instead of feeling burdened.

Research the Company You’re Choosing

Not all in-home healthcare companies are created equal. Don’t make the mistake of not thoroughly vetting each prospective business. The company that you choose to work with should be completely transparent in their practices and policies. At 24 Hour Home Care, if there’s anything you’d like to know, just ask! We pride ourselves in hiring nothing but the most qualified and professional individuals. Along with supplying excellent healthcare, we also provide superior customer service. We understand that the decision to hire an in-home caregiver isn’t one that’s made lightly. That’s why we make the process simple and easy. We are there to help you find the perfect in-home healthcare provider from the very first step.

Make Your Expectations Clear

Each home healthcare provider that you interview will be experienced and qualified in different areas. Some are strictly qualified to assist in daily tasks, like running errands or medication reminders Understanding the needs of your loved one makes it much easier to hire an in-home provider who can meet your expectations. Before beginning the hiring process, create a list of everything you’d like your home healthcare professional to do. It’s also beneficial to supply a job description and contract before interviewing. With your expectations outlined clearly, you’re more likely to find the right fit.

Consult with Your Family

Chances are you’re not the only one involved in the care of your loved one. Whether it’s your spouse, a parent, or a sibling, it’s important that you consult with the other members of your family before making a decision. Keep in mind that they love your ailing family member just as much as you do and are also concerned for their well-being. Your other family members may have questions or opinions regarding the type of in-home care that your loved one needs. By keeping everyone in the loop and consulting with them beforehand, you avoid miscommunication and ensure that everyone is satisfied with quality of care provided.

Staying Involved

Hiring an in-home healthcare provider isn’t a “one and done” type of deal. Once a home care company is hired, you will not be able to just walk away. It’s important that you and your family remain involved in the healthcare of your loved one throughout the duration. Speak to your loved one regularly about how they feel about their healthcare provider. Ask questions and adjust as needed. There should always be open communication between your family and the healthcare provider assisting your loved one. If you suspect any sort of abuse, exploitation, or mistreatment, don’t be afraid to switch to a different provider. After all, there’s nothing more important than the health and happiness of your family member.

Focus on Quality

It’s easy to get wrapped up in numbers and costs when hiring an in-home healthcare provider. You may be tempted to hire a neighbor or friend to help your loved one. While this may be more cost effective, it won’t result in the same benefits. Home health is one area that warrants the expense. Keep in mind that you’re paying for the peace of mind that your family member is receiving the healthcare needed to enjoy their life. That’s priceless. Don’t try to save a few pennies by hiring someone who is underqualified. Instead, focus on finding a home healthcare provider that is competent and trustworthy. While it’s important that their prices are reasonable, it’s more important that they provide the quality healthcare that your loved one deserves.

Hiring a home healthcare professional to assist your loved one isn’t a decision that should be taken lightly. It requires research and the involvement of the entire family. If you’re considering hiring an in-home Danville caregiver, allow 24 Hour Home Care to help. Our hiring process makes it simple to make a match with the professional that’s right for you. Whether your loved one needs around-the-clock care or just a few hours of assistance, we hire nothing but trustworthy, qualified individuals. Don’t put off the care of your loved one. Begin searching for your home healthcare provider today.

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Is In-Home Care Better Than Assisted Living?

Senior Home Care in Plano

Do you have an aging parent or loved one who is no longer as self-sufficient as they used to be? While it happens to everyone eventually, it can be a difficult time when you need to come to terms with the fact that it’s happening to someone so close to you. However, with the right care choice, it doesn’t have to be difficult or big change.

Whether they need a little or a lot of help, it’s important to make a decision on how they can get the care they need to live their life the best way possible. You should never feel like you’re abandoning them by getting some extra, professional help through in-home care or assisted living. While both are viable options for your loved one, home care in Plano offers many advantages to assisted living that your parent or loved one will appreciate.

 

Familiarity

There’s a good chance your loved one has lived in his or her current home for a long time. They’ve made great memories there, watched their kids and grandkids grow up, and collected sentimental items that surround them every day. They won’t have to choose their favorite clothes and other items to take with them only to leave everything else behind. Since the care comes to them, they get to keep all the possessions they love.

Not only do they love their home and what’s inside, but they most likely have many friends nearby and a community they love as well. Taking all that away to move  them to an assisted living facility is completely unnecessary. When you seek out in-home care, everything they’ve grown to love about their home and community for many years will still surround them every day.

On the contrary, moving to a completely new place where nothing is familiar can be very traumatizing at an already difficult time in one’s life. Suddenly being surrounded by strangers is a very difficult adjustment. It’s hard for anyone to admit they need some help, but getting help while still surrounded by familiar things and faces will make the change that much easier.

One-on-One Attention

At an assisted living facility, there is rarely one-on-one attention, and it would be easy for your loved one to get lost in the shuffle. With in-home care, one-on-one attention is just the way it is. Caregivers won’t have to split their attention, and your loved will be able to get the assistance they need.

The care that your loved one receives may be given by the same caregiver, giving them a chance to form a relationship that will make it easier for both the elderly individual and the caregiver alike.

Senior using a walker

Personalized Caregiver Match

With the one-on-one attention in-home care brings, you might be worried the caregiver and your loved one won’t be compatible. With 24 Hour Home Care, that’s not a problem at all. Personalities vary greatly between seniors, and 24 Hour Home Care will help find the perfect caregiver match. If by any chance your loved one is matched with a caregiver and is anything less than fully satisfied, any reevaluations and adjustment will be made at no extra charge.

Specially Trained Caregivers

When you choose in-home care, you won’t have to worry that the caregiver won’t have enough training or expertise for your loved one’s specific needs. Not only will an initial consultation ensure your loved one’s caregiver will be able to adequately meet all their needs, but they undergo thorough training for the “what-ifs” as well.

Falls are consistently the leading cause of injury for seniors, so 24 Hour Home Care caregivers undergo rigorous training in fall prevention for your peace of mind. They’re also trained in home safety and organization, shower safety, medication reminders, and emergency preparedness. The caregivers receive Alzheimer’s and Dementia training, and therefore are very effective in working with patients with these diseases among others.

If your loved one needs someone there to cook meals, in-home caregivers are well-equipped to prepare healthy meals according to any specific dietary restrictions or needs. The caregivers can even teach the seniors how to recreate the meals themselves, if that’s something they desire.

 

Senior CareCustomized Plan

Wherever extra help is needed among seniors, the amount of help needed varies greatly. With in-home care, the caregiver will arrange a customized plan to fit the needs of the individual. Whether they need meals cooked, cleaning done, rides to the grocery store, or all of the above and anything in between, in-home caregivers will cater to your loved one’s specific needs.

The care is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but do not require you to use the services 24/7. There’s no minimum care amount, and it can be used on an as-needed basis. Your still-vibrant loved one will still get privacy and alone time when desired. At an assisted living facility, it’s hard to find the privacy they occasionally need and still desire. If your loved one is alone and an emergency does arise, a caregiver will be able to arrive quickly.

The Best Care Possible

By choosing in-home care in Plano for your aging loved one, you are giving them so much more than the help they need. You are giving them companionship, safety, security, and the chance to live their life to the fullest, even in their later years. When you put your trust in a qualified in-home caregiver, you will also rest easier knowing that your loved one will get what they need while still remaining in their comfortable, familiar surroundings. Their life won’t be turned upside down, and they’ll still get to stick to their normal routines with a qualified “assistant” by their side. When seniors go to an assisted living home, almost nothing is the same.

Give your loved one the best care possible for their changing needs by going with in-home care. You’ll get a reliable, experienced, compassionate caregiver who is trustworthy in every situation. Getting quality care is a big and sometimes difficult step, so make it easy by choosing the best in-home care in Plano.

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When to Use Senior Home Care Services

As one gets older, you may face a special set of challenges, namely an increasing need for assistance with tasks that were once done independently without question. Further, aging can bring unique and unforeseen difficulties, including serious health complications and mobility issues. It’s known to be a natural part of the human life cycle. In the senior years, ages 65 and older, the body and mind start to decline. This can be a difficult fact of life to deal with, especially regarding a loved one. Whether it’s your spouse, a parent, or a friend, no one truly wants to face their loved one’s transition into old age, much less voice concerns to their loved one. However, the sooner you find your valued senior a professional home caregiver, the more readily they can deal with everyday tasks and medical needs in the pride and comfort of home.

 It is advisable that you do not delay locating senior home care services in Fullerton. Your loved one’s health, happiness, safety, and independence may depend on a professional caregiver’s assistance. As their loved one, it’s important that you know when it’s time to contact a senior home care provider, who will provide the assistance they need in their own property.

What Is Home Care?

Home care refers to a trained and experienced professional who visits patients at home and provides them with a variety of services, including healthcare and assistance with hygiene, chores, mobility, and personal company. The individual who visits your loved one will be trained to provide all the above services directly to seniors. They may be certified medical professionals, including Home Health Aides, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Licensed Vocational Nurses, all of whom must undergo a combination of classroom training and hands-on experience with patients like your senior.

The goal of hiring home care is to bring the benefits of a nursing home directly to your loved one in the comfort of their home. Senior home care providers in Fullerton can make your loved one feel comfortable and cared for, while also giving them the benefit of expert experience.

Home care is generally reserved for those seniors in the most need of assistance at home. These are the signs that your loved one is such an individual.

Strained or Limited Mobility

Does the senior citizen in your life have difficulty moving throughout their home without assistance? Moving independently means that you can walk, climb steps, bend over, transition between sitting and standing, and get in and out of bed, all without being held or guided. Unfortunately, most elderly people develop mobility issues for one reason or another. From osteoporosis sufferers to stroke survivors or individuals who have generally lost muscle and bone mass in their senior years, it’s all too common for seniors to attempt independence, potentially straining themselves or putting themselves at risk of falling, which can lead to serious medical complications.

If your loved one cannot move independently or chooses to move independently but has clear pain or difficulty when doing so, contact senior home care providers, who can guide them throughout their home to prevent falls and other risks.

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Precise Health Needs

Senior citizens can develop myriad diseases, conditions, and health complications as the body ages. If your loved one has been in and out of the hospital or regularly sees a physician, they may also need senior home care for daily observation and assistance. 

For instance, seniors with heart conditions should have their blood pressure and heart rate checked regularly. Any diversion from a normal rate can spell an emergency, like a heart attack. Diabetics should have their glucose levels checked several times a day, a task that elderly individuals may forget to perform. Seniors with declining memory skills may also skip vital medication dosages or even allow life-saving medications to run out or expire. If your loved one relies on anti-inflammatory medicines , anticoagulants, steroids, and other serious medications, their health may be at serious, immediate risk. Home care experts are trained to spot such emergencies and can contact your loved one’s physician or emergency response services when necessary.

Hiring senior home care solutions in Fullerton means leaving your loved one’s health in the hands of a trained professional, who can be there to assist them with health maintenance duties and monitor their overall health status when you can’t.

Missing Responsibilities around the House

If you want to know how your loved one is faring in their senior years, look around their home. Seniors in declining bodily or mental health will skip important chores, like cleaning surfaces, cooking meals, watering plants, or doing laundry. Worse, seniors who should not be living independently may skip vital hygiene tasks.

Hygiene isn’t just about looking presentable for elderly individuals. Appropriate bathing or showering, toileting, hand washing, tooth brushing or denture care, and general skin care keep your loved one healthy and safe from pathogens.

If your loved one is avoiding general hygiene or chores, it’s imperative that you contact senior home care providers as soon as possible. These are signs of general difficulty caring for oneself without assistance. Your loved one may be ashamed to admit their difficulties or may be in denial that they are aging out of their prior independence. However, it’s for their own benefit that you hire professional assistance with chores and hygiene, even if your senior is initially resistant to help.

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Declining Memory

Difficult for both your loved one and their relatives, declining memory is one of the most certain signs that a senior needs home care assistance. Memory issues can be attributed to mental health conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s; however, a slight amount of memory loss is frequent and normal as people age.

Common signs of memory loss include difficulty remembering phone numbers and addresses, calling loved ones by the wrong name, or general forgetfulness that may contribute to decline in chores and hygiene duties. Memory-challenged seniors may also forget to take medications or perform other tasks that ensure their continued health and safety.

Finding Assistance

If any of the above categories apply to your senior loved one, or if you simply want your senior to have trusted company at home when no family and friends are available, locate senior home care services in Fullerton. Home care provides your loved one with transportation and mobility, health observation, assistance with chores, general hygiene help, and so much more, with all the attention and dedication you’d offer yourself if you could.

24 Hour Home Care is an excellent home care provider that connects you with certified and experienced home caregivers, all of whom have undergone extensive background checks and training. Our home caregivers are available around the clock so that your loved one is safely monitored and closely assisted when they need it most. Contact 24 Hour Home Care to learn about insurance coverage, ask about our range of services, or to discuss your loved one’s condition and needs. Remember that the first step of reaching out is yours, as many elderly loved ones are unaware that they need assistance or may even be ashamed of their loss of independence. Homecare providers like the team at 24Hr Home Care will work to help your loved one maintain as much independence as is safe and healthy for them, giving you the time you need and deserve to rest and recharge.

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Types of Senior Care Services

It’s easy to be overwhelmed and confused when you’re trying to make decisions about senior care for yourself or for a loved one. There are many different types of care and levels of service, so it’s important to know the terminology and understand the differences.

Let’s look at some of the terms you’re likely to see and hear:

Skilled Care

Skilled care describes high-level care that must be provided by trained individuals, such as registered nurses and physical, speech, and occupational therapists. Examples of skilled nursing services include wound care, intravenous (IV) therapy, injections, monitoring vital signs and medical equipment, and physical therapy activities.

These services may be needed for a short time for rehabilitation from an illness or injury, or they may be required long-term for patients who need care on a frequent or even around-the-clock basis because of a chronic medical condition.

As more seniors choose to stay at home and age in place, home health agencies have responded by offering skilled care services in clients’ homes.

Supportive Care

Supportive care, sometimes called custodial care or non-skilled care, provides assistance with daily living activities. Both skilled and custodial care can be provided in multiple settings. They may be provided at home, in adult day care, or as part of residential care such as a nursing home or assisted living community.

 

Assisted Living

Assisted Living is defined as housing for the elderly or disabled that provides nursing, meals, and housekeeping as needed. An assisted living residence is a long-term senior care option that offers personal care support services.

Assisted living is a great option for people who can get around independently, but need assistance in some aspects of their activities for daily living. Every facility is different. Certain services and levels of assistance may be available, so it’s important to have a good understanding of what’s needed before trying to decide on the most appropriate care for you or your family member.

Memory Care

Memory care residences provide a more specialized type of care. They offer 24-hr personal care assistance as well as meals, social activities and amenities for persons with dementia that may be associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, or some other form of decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.

Typically, the staff-to-resident ratio in a memory care facility is lower than that found in an assisted living facility while security is increased. External access is restricted to prevent wandering. There will also be a difference in the types of recreational activities offered. Memory care is generally more expensive than assisted living.

Home Care

Home care and home health care are sometimes used interchangeably, but there is a difference.

Home care refers to supportive care, also called personal care, attendant care, or custodial care. It refers to assistance with bathing and dressing, help with laundry, cooking, errands, transportation, or other activities that don’t require a licensed professional.

Home Health Care

Home health care refers to a higher level of skilled care provided by licensed professionals, such as a registered nurse or physical therapist. It may include checking an individual’s vital signs, respiration, or medical equipment, or conducting rehabilitation activities.

Adult Day Care

The term adult day care can refer to adult day social care or adult day medical care. Adult day social care provides supervised care in a structured setting during daytime hours. It’s usually offered on weekdays to allow caregivers to go to work. A variety of activities, meals, and therapies may be offered.

Adult day health care typically provides the same activities that adult day social care does with the addition of medical services similar to those found in a nursing home.

Virtual Companion Care

This is a new service that utilizes technology. Senior citizens living at home can be checked on via computer. Safety and mood are monitored and medication reminders are provided. This daily interaction can reduce loneliness and feelings of isolation even though hands-on care is not provided.

Palliative Care

While general medical care strives to cure or treat underlying conditions, palliative care focuses on relieving pain and suffering. Palliative care provides for the preventative measures against these. It improves the quality of life of patients facing life-threatening illness, as well as for their families.

Hospice Care

Hospice care provides for care of terminally ill patients in the last weeks or months of their lives. While hospice care often includes palliative care, not all persons who receive palliative care are in hospice.

Aging in Place

Staying in your own home as you get older is called “aging in place.” A common statement senior citizens make is, “I want to stay in my own home.”

More and more people are deciding they would rather remain in their own house because it’s comfortable and familiar to them. The good news is that, with the right help, they may be able to do just that. Homecare in Danville is available whether you need supportive assistance or home health care.

Once you’ve determined the home care services you or your loved one needs, it’s a good idea to interview and evaluate Danville caregivers. You’ll want to know:

  • How long have they been providing home care services?
  • Are they licensed by the state?
  • What services do they provide?
  • Can they meet any special needs you may have?
  • Do they have written policies?
  • Are they properly insured?
  • If nurses or therapists are required, will they consult and coordinate with your family’s physicians?
  • Do they include the care recipient and his or her family members in developing a plan of care?
  • Are supervisors assigned to oversee the quality of care clients receive in the home? If so, how often do they visit?
  • Who can the care recipient or his or her family members call with questions or complaints?
  • How does the agency follow up on and resolve problems?
  • How do they handle emergencies?
  • Are caregivers available 24 hours a day, seven days a week?

Choosing the right home care in Danville is an important decision. Don’t be afraid to ask for and check references before making a decision.

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